Board of Directors

Kellen Eileen Kariuki

Kellen Eileen Kariuki
Chairperson to the Board

FCPA Kellen Eileen Kariuki, MBS was the first Chief Executive Officer and Managing Trustee of the Unclaimed. Financial Assets Authority (UFAA). She previously worked at Citibank N.A. Africa Middle East and Pakistan region serving in different senior leadership positions. She is currently the Managing Director of Feruzi Holdings Limited. Kellen has held numerous Board positions including Chairperson of Citibank Tanzania Limited, a Non-Executive Director of AMREF Health Africa international Board, a Non-Executive Director of AMREF Flying Doctors, a Non-Executive Director of Resolution Insurance Limited, a Non-Executive Director of Citibank Uganda Limited, Chair of the Citibank Kenya Provident Fund, Nominee Director of the IFC and Non-Executive Director of Kenya Roads Board (KRB). She is a founding member of the Board of Advisors of The Strathmore Business School and has served as an elected council member of ICPAK. Kellen holds an Msc. in International Human Resource Management from Cranfield University in the UK. She also holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting both from United States International University-Africa. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Strathmore University Business School.


Kariuki Ngari

Kariuki Ngari
Chief Executive Officer

Kariuki is an accomplished career banker with over 29 years of banking experience. He earned his recognition through successfully transforming the consumer banking divisions of Standard Chartered Bank Kenya and Standard Chartered Regional Africa.

A seasoned financial professional, he has held various senior leadership roles across the industry. Prior to his current role, he was the Global Head, Retail Distribution for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. There he was instrumental in formulating global strategies in building the future of Retail Branch and Voice & Virtual landscapes through digitization of the physical channels, as well as revision of branch models and standards.

Prior to his Global role, Kariuki was the Regional Head of Retail Clients Africa between 2013 and 2015, and the Executive Director Kenya and East Africa from 2009 to 2013. He has also held senior positions in Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited.


Richard Etemesi

Richard Etemesi
Non Executive Director

Richard is a past Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited a position he held till March 2014. Richard then moved on to become Chief Executive Officer for South Africa & Southern Africa. He is currently the Vice Chair of Africa. Richard has over 20 years experience in Banking, Finance and Compliance. He has vast knowledge from different African markets. Richard has a MSC Finance degree from the University of Strathclyde and a B.Com degree from the University of Nairobi.


Chemutai Murgor

Chemutai Murgor
Executive Director, Finance

Chemutai joined the Board on 1 March 2007 after being appointed to the position of Finance Director. She has been with the Bank for 14 years. She has wide experience in finance having worked previously as the Head of Finance as well as Head of Business Finance. She has also held various senior positions at Deloitte & Touche both in Kenya and the United Kingdom.


Peter Gitau

Peter Gitau
Executive Director & Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Gitau is the current Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the Bank’s operations delivery in East Africa. He joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2003 with wide local and international experience in Operations, Technology and Risk Management. Mr. Gitau has held various roles in Standard Chartered in Kenya including Chief Information Officer, and Africa Regional Head of Audit and in the Standard Chartered Group office in Singapore where he was the Group Head of Controls for Wholesale Bank Technology & Operations. Mr. Gitau is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi and in his early career worked in the Assurance Services Practice in PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Catherine Adeya-Weya

Dr. Catherine Adeya-Weya
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr. Catherine Adeya-Weya is a seasoned Information Scientist with over 20 years’ experience in multidisciplinary global environments, both in the public and private sector. She is an expert in bilateral and multilateral agency operations with consolidated expertise and excellent skills in research, project planning and execution, finance management and policy development. A strategic thinker with proven management and leadership skills, Dr Adeya-Weya has vast global exposure in the UK, the Netherlands, USA and a cross sub-Sahara Africa. She has worked at the United Nations University/Institute of New Technologies in the Netherlands; as a Director at the Ministry of ICT in Kenya; and was the founder CEO of Konza Technology City. She is currently the Chairperson of the Kenya Accreditation Service; and also serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Perspectives on Global Development & Technology. Catherine has a PhD in Information and Development from Edinburgh, Scotland. She has pursued further education like the Yale University ‘Executive Education – Women’s Leadership Program’.


Imtiaz Khan

Imtiaz Khan
Independent Non-Executive

Imtiaz Khan was appointed to the Board on 22 August 2018. He has over 25 years’ experience in private equity, financial markets investment, corporate finance advisory and audit in emerging and developed markets in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA. He previously worked with the IFC (the World Bank Group) in the area of financial markets investment. Prior to that, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in corporate finance advisory and in audit. He is currently a director of a regional private equity investment company called Cassia Capital Partners, and serves on the boards of a number of its investee companies. He also teaches on the Stanford SEED program run by Stanford University.


David Ong'olo

David Ong'olo
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Ong’olo is an experienced private sector and development specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the economic development industry. He is skilled in Programme Management, Policy Analysis, Sectoral Analysis, and Strategic Planning. He is currently, the Managing Director of Matrix Development Consultants Limited. He was until February 2019, the Chairman of Competition Authority of Kenya. His early career included working as Deputy Chief Economist in charge of the Trade and Industry Division of the then Ministry of Planning and National Development, and Credit Specialist with the SDSR regional programme of the International Labour Organisation. He recently retired as Senior Policy Adviser (Economics) at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Economics from Lancaster University, UK.


Ms. Julie Browne

Ms. Julie Browne
Non-Executive Director

Ms. Browne was appointed to the Board on 15 December 2020. She is an accomplished corporate banker with more than 40 years’ experience garnered from working in a range of different roles within corporate and institutional banking for major international banks in London, South East Asia and Africa. Ms. Browne joined Standard Chartered Bank in January 2005. She has served in various capacities including as a Senior Credit Officer, Commodities Risk ASEAN region based in Singapore and as the Head of Policy and Process, Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking and Private Banking. She is currently the Chief Credit Officer responsible for Africa, based in Johannesburg.

Ms. Browne holds a BSc. (Hons) in Financial Services from The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.